PSU faculty votes to authorize strike

PORTLAND, Ore. – The Portland State University faculty has authorized a strike if it cannot come to a contract agreement with the university administration, the union announced Thursday morning.

The American Association of University Professors said 94 percent voted in favor of authorizing a strike. Professors held the vote on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The union and administration have been negotiating terms of a new contract, but the two sides disagree on professor salaries, contract length and the faculty's role in university policy.

The union and the PSU Administration submitted their final contract offers to the Oregon Employment Relations Board on March 3, triggering a 30-day “cooling off” period, according to the union. After 30 days, the administration can impose its contract or the professors can strike.

The yes vote means the union can now call for a strike any time after April 3. The union must give the administration ten-day notice before professors walk off the job.

School administrators said classes would continue in the event of a strike.